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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan

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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan
Program Description

Weaving personal testimonies with rare archival film, this documentary examines the forces that have shaped the past and present of the tiny island 90 miles off the shores of China -- forces that continue to make Taiwan vulnerable to major power confrontations in the near future. The rare footage -- carefully stored and preserved over the years in a major film archive in Taiwan -- is a critical element of this program, which begins in 1895 as the Sino-Japanese war was ending in victory for Japan.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Military Forces and Armaments
Social Issues
Politics and Government
Vecchione, Judith (Director)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan,” GBH Archives, accessed March 3, 2024,
MLA: “Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan.” GBH Archives. Web. March 3, 2024. <>.
APA: Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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